August 28, 2017 Paul Courts
THANKS to his Australasian Breeders’ Crown triumph at Tabcorp Park Melton just moments ago, Wobelee has to be favoured to create history.
By capturing the rich futurity, Wobelee became the first to complete a clean sweep of Victoria’s four two-year-old trotting Group Ones.
With a Group Two also to his credit, the Alison Alford-trained freshman boasts an imposing record of 10 wins and two placings 12 starts.
Runner-up upon debut, followed by a third, Wobelee has won his 10 subsequent starts in a tremendous act of domination.
Given his performances the gelding is guaranteed Victorian Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year honours.
But there is also a groundswell of support suggesting Wobelee will secure the top mantle – Victorian Horse of the Year!
As it stands only three two-year-olds have captured the title since its inauguration in 1973, with Garry’s Advice the ground breaker in 1981.
Lombo La Fe Fe followed suit in 2002, with Lombo Pocket Watch rounding out the crew in 2006.
The three former superstars are all pacers, meaning Wobelee will become the first squaregaiter in the elite group.
On the subject of trotters, only five grace the honour roll – Maori’s Idol (1978), True Roman (1988), Noopy Kiosk (1996), Knight Pistol (1997) and Sundons Gift (2010).
Driven by Alford’s husband, Chris, during his latest triumph, Wobelee was never seriously challenged on his way to a four-and-a-half metre win from La Grange, with Smashthemcalder 12-and-a-half metres away third.
Wobelee rated 2:00.1 over 2240 metres to just beat the hail storm which hit the venue.
“We got a little wet in the presentation, but it couldn’t dampen the mood,” Alford said. “The kids had hail in their hair, but were enjoying it.
“He will go for a long break now at Colin’s (Murphy, owner) house and will have about eight weeks off.
“He was in the first race of the season and now one of the last ones, so he’s had a pretty solid season.”